The District Attorney’s Office started a Domestic Violence unit with grants in 1998.

Since that time, a significant focus has taken place, both in prosecution and in policing, to address the special needs and concerns of victims of domestic abuse.

Now part of the Special Victim’s Unit, the Domestic Violence prosecutors have a unique approach to dealing with people who were assaulted by someone with whom they have a family or voluntary relationship.

Frequently, such cases have much wider consequences to victims and witnesses than a more typical case, because of close relationships between defendant, victim and witnesses. Victims of domestic violence often can lose their home, income, standing with their acquaintances, and family, in addition to the suffering of being attacked.

The Domestic Violence prosecutors have received special training to help them deal effectively with the circumstances in such cases.

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